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Trump opens 2024 run, says he's 'more committed' than ever

Jan. 28, 2023 19:17 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former President Donald Trump kicked off his 2024 White House bid with stops Saturday in New Hampshire and South Carolina, events in early-voting states marking the first campaign appearances since announcing his latest run more than two months ago. ...

GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel defeats rival in leadership vote

Jan. 27, 2023 15:46 PM EST

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel won her bid Friday to lead the GOP for two more years, prevailing in an election that highlighted fierce internal divisions that threaten to plague the party into the next presidential season. McDaniel, whom Donald Trump tapped as...

College halts diversity training to comply with DeSantis law

Jan. 27, 2023 14:33 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An optional training class on diversity for faculty at a central Florida public college has been canceled so administrators can ensure it complies with a new state law known as the “Stop Woke" act. Valencia College President Kathleen Plinske wrote in an email...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jan. 25, 2023 21:52 PM EST

South Florida Sun Sentinel. January 24, 2023. Editorial: DeSantis violates two constitutions, but it’s a no-win situation Try as he might, Gov. Ron DeSantis can’t spin vindication out of a judge’s decision that flayed him for violating the state and federal...

Democratic Arizona governor to keep migrant busing program

Jan. 25, 2023 14:00 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs is defending her decision to continue her Republican predecessor's program to transport migrants out of border communities. Hobbs said in an interview with The Arizona Republic published Wednesday that her focus would be on...

S.C. committee advances limits to classroom teaching on race

Jan. 24, 2023 18:08 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A bill that would limit certain teachings on race in public schools and allow parents to challenge educational materials is moving through the Republican-controlled South Carolina House of Representatives. The proposal is the latest iteration of a GOP-led...

Florida execution set for man in woman's 1990 slaying

Jan. 23, 2023 18:15 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a death warrant Monday for a man who was convicted of fatally stabbing a woman after escaping from custody while serving a life sentence for killing a deputy. Donald David Dillbeck, 59, is schedule to die Feb. 23 by...

Florida's rejection of Black history course stirs debate

Jan. 23, 2023 16:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated Monday the state's rejection of a proposed nationwide advanced African American studies course, saying it pushes a political agenda — something three authors cited in the state's criticism accused him of doing in return. ...

Harris rallies against GOP push to roll back abortion rights

Jan. 22, 2023 16:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris railed against efforts in Washington and in Republican-led states to restrict abortion on what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, invoking fundamental American values such as freedom to make the case for protecting abortion access...

Operative jumps from Haley team to Pence amid 2024 jostling

Jan. 20, 2023 18:01 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The executive director of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley’s issues advocacy group is leaving to help run similar efforts for former Vice President Mike Pence, a defection that comes as both former Trump administration officials consider 2024 Republican...